I am delighted to be part of Vanessa's Halloween Party. For all of you I have
a faerie story to share.
It was the night after Autumn came, my story begins. I sat watching a beautiful
sunset from my window. I heard the calling of a bird. Into my sight flying by my window back and forth: A Raven. Then every night when I was home at sunset. The Raven came. I don't know why but The Raven felt like a He. Some nights he circle my window and other times he would sit on my window sill looking at me. His eyes almost human.
The night of the Full Moon. He came late. I realized I had been looking for
My Raven. For that is what I called him now. When he appeared, I was so happy. How can I be happy to see a bird? I was. I began to talk to my Raven and share with him my feelings and thoughts.
Days later, I woke up with the idea I needed to go to the park. It is All Hallow's eve. I followed my intuition. I dressed carefully and flew out the door to my beloved Pelham Bay Park. There I mourned the my trees which had been friends through the seasons. They had been cut down by storms of wind and snow.
Then I sat on the stump of one of my favorite trees. I felt a strange feeling come over me. Come on, Shell snap out of it, I admonished. I still had a vivid imagination and sometimes I could drop into a reverie very quickly.
I couldn't ignore the stirring to go deeper into the Park. I got up to say one last goodbye to my trees. I went to smell the flowers which had sprung up where the trees had been cut. Reminding me about the circle of life.
I walked deeper in the park. As I did, I felt the sensation that I'm not alone. There are a few people scattered about yet I knew that isn't what I felt. I heard a familiar sound. My heart beat faster. It sounded like My Raven. Raven I called out. Then I looked and saw a most wondrous sight.
The golden and red leaves began to swirl higher and higher. On the top flew My Raven. He went into the leaves. I held my breath. A blur of colors spinned and spinned. Then, a man came walking out of it dressed in gray with the eyes the color of My Raven.
Raven I sighed in amazement.
Come, the party is about to begin. I want you to come with me.
But how is this possible?
He walked closer to me.
On this one night, I can be human. I rarely do, I wanted to for you, Shell. Now, let us dance, sing and live.
He took my hand and we ran deeper into the park. The sun had set and the night had fallen upon us. I could hear this song playing as we ran into the crowd of people. The park is thick with people of all colors and shapes dancing. I am sure some of them were not quite Human. Like My Raven. I didn't care. I am with Raven and nothing else matters. We danced, sang, feasted. Raven and I lived.
Suddenly, Raven took my hand again. I noticed the soft blue of the early morning.
My Time is ending, Shell. The sun comes and I must go back to being in my true form.
I don't want you to go.
Raven touched my face tenderly and softly kissed me. He put his arm around me and the world spun around us. I stood back in my apartment. Raven dressed a bit differently stood looking at me.
I must go now.
Will I never see you again?
I came because you needed me. Now, you don't anymore.
That's not true.
I wanted to show you that life can be still beautiful even in the face of grief. Now, you have learned that lesson.
I reached for his hand.
Promise me you'll come back.
If you have need of me, at the next Autumn equinox I will return. Remember, there are those who love you right here and now. Don't forget that. Goodbye, my sweet Shell.
He shifted back to his Raven form and flew out the window. I sat in my chair and looked at the sky as he disappeared into the blue. That is my faerie story. So if you happen to see a Raven, say hello. For it might be My Raven. What a beautiful and magical Raven he is.